Recounts in three Nov. 5 elections showed the same results — right down to the single vote.
Members of the Medina County Board of Elections said Friday there were recounts in the races for Black River and Cloverleaf school boards and for Guilford Township trustee.
Guilford trustee write-in candidate Gene Morris requested a recount after he lost the election with 410 votes — six shy of tying.
Board members said Morris, who runs Jarvis Septic & Drain, asked that the board accept write-in votes for the name “Jarvis” and any time someone wrote his name in as a Spencer Village Council candidate.
Board members said that wasn’t acceptable.
“We had discussions at length about this, and our thoughts should stand,” board member John Welker said.
Bill Heck, another board member, agreed.
“Those are invalid candidate names and races,” Heck said.
Board Chairwoman Pamela Miller said if the board had accepted the votes as Morris asked, the election may have ended with a tie — requiring a coin flip to decide the winner.
The Guilford Township winners were Steven K. Fulton with 416 votes and Glenn M. Sheller with 912.
The two other recounts were done automatically.
Tim Clifford and Janet L. Eichel won seats in Black River, and Michael J. Maloney, Jason Myers and Jane Rych won seats in Cloverleaf.
Republican Larry Cray has been nominated to take the seat on the elections board left vacant by Theresa Cotman, who resigned Nov. 22 for personal reasons.
Cray is vice chairman of the Medina County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. He awaits appointment by Secretary of State Jon Husted.
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